BECU Awards Lake Hills Elementary School with $2,500 for Online Math Tutor Created by Whizz Education

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Students using Math-Whizz to prepare for their upcoming MSP (Measurements of Student Progress) tests in May.

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Students at Lake Hills Elementary School are getting an extra boost to prepare for their upcoming MSP (Measurements of Student Progress) tests in May thanks to BECU, Washington's largest credit union and Whizz Education, creator of the online math tutor for elementary and middle school students that makes learning math fun. For the second year in a row, BECU is awarding Lake Hills with a $2,500 grant to purchase access to Math-Whizz, which all 470 students at the school will use to learn math.

Today, Matt Turner and Michelle Sturrock, BECU Member Consultants will present a check to the school’s principal, Heather Edlund, at 9:30 a.m. during an assembly at the school. “BECU School Grants allow us to support programs that can have a positive impact on the lives of students, but lack funding needed to make them a reality,” said Matt Turner, BECU Member Consultant. “It means a lot to BECU to be able to support Lake Hills Elementary with technology such as Math-Wizz to help give kids the best education possible.”

Math-Whizz is an online learning environment crawling with animated creatures that teaches children addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and computational problem solving. Lake Hills determines how often students access the program based on their MSP scores three times a year. A student who is excelling might log into Math-Whizz twice per week while a student who is struggling might engage the program up to twice a day.

“We’re using a lot of Math-Whizz to prepare students for the MSP test in May, which is a computer-based state assessment,” said Edlund. “Not only does Math-Whizz teach the students personalized math lessons, but it familiarizes students with the computer, which is especially beneficial to us because many of our students don’t have access to computers at home.”

School officials are raving about the program because it adjusts to each individual student. When students first sign-in to Math-Whizz, the program assesses their skill level and determines their Math Age™, a proprietary metric unique to Math-Whizz that identifies a student’s math ability relative to their chronological age. From there, the program adapts in real-time based on how students are performing to reinforce their strengths and improve their weaknesses. Teachers like Kelsey Hasselblad, the math facilitator of the school who teaches Math Club before the official start of school every morning for students who need additional instruction, use this data to hone in on specific areas with students in small groups or one-on-one.

“Our students love Math-Whizz,” said Hasselblad. “They ask to go onto the computer. There’s a new visual in every game like animated aliens and weird scientists and related sounds that really capture their attention and create a multidimensional experience for students that keeps them engaged and excited about learning math.”

Students can also earn credits to challenge other math students from around the world and to stock their Math-Whizz bedrooms with digital toys, pets, plants and more.

”We are grateful that Seattle businesses like BECU recognize the value in helping schools provide students with all the resources available in the marketplace to ensure they reach their full potential,” said Ben Keogh, President of Whizz Education. “We are confident that these students will shine on their MSP tests and we wish them the best of luck.”

About Whizz Education, Inc.
Whizz Education, Inc., creator of the award-winning, online math tutoring program, Math-Whizz, is the leading provider of dynamic online math instruction and instructional resources for grades K-8. Whizz Education’s personalized, interactive and collaborative approach to teaching math is raising math achievement for thousands of students in over 40 countries. By engaging students in entertaining challenges, individualizing the curriculum for each student, and involving teachers and parents in the process, Math-Whizz is changing the math education equation. For more information about Whizz Education, Inc. and the Math-Whizz suite of services, visit http://www.whizz.us.

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